There’s a first time for everything. Including an entire lineup of Late-Night TV Music firsts — which is exactly what came down the pipe on Monday (which also happened to be Feb. 1, fittingly enough. Let’s roll the videotape! (Yeah, I know there’s no actual videotape, but ‘Let’s click on the YouTube links!’ doesn’t really have the same sense of urgency, does it? And yeah, I know explaining it only ruins the moment even more. So I’ll just shut up and get on with it:)
• Country star Mickey Guyton — who recently became the first Black female solo artist to earn a Grammy nomination in the Best Country Solo Performance category — made her late-night debut to sing her award-worthy song Black Like Me on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
• Canadian singer-songwriter Bahamas (aka Afie Jurvanen) — whose Sad Hunk album was one of my favourites last year, and didn’t get nearly the attention, recognition and praise it deserved, IMHO — teamed up over the Interwebs with Australia’s Teskey Brothers to present Trick To Happy on Jimmy Kimmel Live, prompting the host to explain that an artist named after one country was presenting a song that was being played simultaneously in two other countries — and being broadcast in a fourth country. I sincerely doubt that’s happened anywhere before.
• American pop artist Quinn XCII debuted his new song Change of Scenery II — delivered in New York City’s Irving Plaza with the help of Chelsea Cutler — on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
• Quirky singer and former American Idol contestant Remi Wolf presented a medley of Hello Hello Hello and Photo ID on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon — and while I’m not entirely sure how that was groundbreaking, I do know I’ve never seen anyone quite like her before. So it counts in my book.